Safe Sleep/Crib Safety

Safe Sleep & Crib Safety

Safe sleep focuses on actions that keep your baby safe while sleeping by reducing risks for Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome (SUIDS), Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of death in infants. 
SUIDS: SUIDS or Suden Unexpected Death Syndrome is defined by the CDC as a broader term that encompasses all sudden infant deaths, which include SIDS, accidental deaths, sudden natural deaths and homicides.
SIDS: SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is defined by the CDC as, "The sudden death of an infant less than 1 year of age that cannot be explained after a thourough investigation is conducted".
  •  Each year in the United States, more than 3,500 infants die suddenly of no immediately, obvious cause
  • SUIDS occur among infants less than 1 year old
  • 1/2 of these deaths are due to SIDS, about 1,500
  • SIDS is the leading cause of deaths in the United States for babies between 1 months and 1 year old
  • Accidental suffocation and strangulation are causes of death for 25% of SUIDS cases annually

Helping Babies Sleep Safely

Parents, you can reduce the risk of infant death from SIDS as well as death from known sleep-related causes. Always take the following precautions when putting an infant to sleep, and ensure your child care provider does the same.

  • Always place infants to sleep on their backs.
  • Place infants to sleep in a baby bed with a firm mattress.
  • There should be nothing in the bed but the baby - no blankets, no pillows, no bumper pads, no positioning devices and no toys.
  • Keep your baby’s crib in the parents’ room until at least 6 months old.
  • Do not place your baby to sleep in an adult bed, couch or futon.
  • Avoid tobacco smoke. Don't have your infant in the same house or car with someone who is smoking.
  • Breastfeed babies whenever possible. Breast milk decreases the occurrence of respiratory and gastrointestinal infections. Studies show that exclusively breastfed babies have up to a 50% reduced risk of SIDS.
  • Do not overheat the infant while she sleeps. Just use enough clothes to keep the baby warm without a blanket. Keep the room at a temperature that is comfortable for you.
  • Offer your baby a pacifier after breastfeeding has been established. Some studies have shown a lower rate of SIDS among babies who use pacifiers.

Hawaii Cribs for Kids

Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii offers “Hawaii Cribs for Kids,” a safe sleep education course, for low-income, high-risk pregnant women and their families. This program provides education on the risk factors, how to create a safe sleep environment, and tracks the baby’s health throughout its first year of life.

Health centers and community partners refer income-eligible parents to HMHB, and each family receives a free Pack n' Play crib after completing the class so their child has a safe place to sleep.

To schedule a safe sleep presentation, contact:



Cribs Safety


Safe Sleep For Your Baby